- Created: Friday, 03 February 2017 20:21
Helping your child develop good oral hygiene practices pays off with a lifetime of good habits. During Children's Dental Health Month in February, Dr. Mason reminds parents and children of connection between dental health and overall well-being and happiness.
Dr. Mason recommends several key practices that help your child form a solid foundation for a healthy and beautiful smile. First, make sure your son or daughter visits our office for the first time at about a year old. At that first appointment, we assess your child's oral health, including evaluating for decay and nutritional dietary concerns related to sugar consumption and oral home care needs. Most importantly, we use these early visits to encourage a positive lifelong attitude toward dentists and oral health.
In addition, Dr. Mason suggests:
- As soon as your child is able to rinse and spit, it's time to add a fluoride rinse to their daily oral hygiene routine.
- Always use a toothpaste with fluoride. Contrary to some misleading media reports, the amount of toothpaste used to brush your tooth is not enough to cause any harm. If you have any questions about this, talk to Dr. Mason.
- As a rule of thumb, children need help brushing their teeth until they can tie their shoes alone.
- Avoid drinks with added sugar, such as pop and juice. If you do serve sugary drinks as a treat, never provide them in a sippy cup.
- Never put your baby or toddler to bed with a bottle.
- Choose tap water for a sparkling smile.
- Brush for 2 minutes twice a day. Floss every day.
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